Article 19: FIFA’s regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players
FIFA Article 19 is a rule which affects 1000s of children. The rule was established by FIFA to prevent child exploitation and child trafficking for footballing reasons.
However, the rule entangles 1000s of innocent parents and legal guardians. But more importantly, the rule has kept 1000s of children from playing organized football because of nationality and citizenship matters. In a nut shell, any foreign born child who wishes to play organized football outside of his birth country may be banned from obtaining a FIFA approved license.
”In order to strengthen the protection of minors and due to the increased number of international transfers of players younger than 12, the Executive Committee has approved a reduction in the age limit for which an international transfer certificate (ITC) is required to the age of 10,” says a spokesperson in FIFA who prefers to be anonymous.